AGAINST THE GRAIN

I’m 35.  I figure I just come right out and say it.  It seems as though that’s the #1 question I get whenever I talk about my skin, my physique, or my relationship status.  “Exactly how old are you?”  I don’t dress, act or look my age.  I’m going against the grain on what the general society thinks someone of my age should be.

Several factors play into why this is the case:

  1. I’m an actress, and I try my best to look my best at all times since it’s my profession.
  2. I’m not married.  I don’t have any kids, and that helps alleviate the stress that comes with running a household.
  3.  I don’t believe that one should avoid showing skin after any age, as long as it’s in good taste and they can pull it off.
  4. I’m VERY socially liberal.

With all that said, skincare and fitness is vital in this upkeep, which is why I have decided to divulge my skincare and fitness, (I’ll discuss this on my next blog post), regimens to help those that would like to add some youth and pep back into their appearance.

SKINCARE REGIMEN

Before I start, I would just like to state that none of the skincare products I use or name in this blog post is sponsored.  These are real legit stuff that I use on a daily basis.

I wash my face with Cetaphil Daily Cleanser day and night.  I love using this cleanser because it’s gentle on my skin, but has the fighting power to remove most of my makeup.  If I have on A LOT of makeup from being on set or a photoshoot, then I use Bare Minerals Deep Cleansing Foam instead. This sucker will get every ounce of makeup off.  Be sure to wash your face for at least 1 minute to thoroughly cleanse the skin before you rinse off with water.

DAY

The products I use during the day are very different from the products I use at night.  I stick to more anti-oxidant and vitamin C serums versus deep hydrating and/or replenishing serums.  After I wash my face I like to use a toner/softener.  This helps prep your skin to absorb the products better.  I like to use Shiseido White Lucent Balancing Softener.

Next are the serums.  I use to use 3 different ones from AE Skin, but am in the process of testing a new serum, so I’m currently only using 2 serums.  I first apply 3 drops of Le Mieux Vita-C, then I use 2 drops of AE Skin Hydrating Serum.

Because I have a gnarly t-zone, I keep my daily moisturizer light. I like to mix Kate Somerville with EltaMD Clean Sunscreen SPF 46, which is my FAVORITE facial sunscreen of all time.  Note: if you do nothing else, at least wear sunscreen.  This is VITAL in keeping your skin from looking weathered.  I’ll also spray on the occasional hydrating mist.

NIGHT

I have been using Dr. Dennis Gross Daily Peels every other day for over two weeks now and I can see a significant improvement in the radiance of my skin.  My skin glows.  Yes, it shines naturally, and I love the look of my radiant skin.

This peel can be used during the day or night, but I prefer using it at night because I love following it up Le Mieux Hyaluronic Serum and Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil.

I’ve been switching between 2 night creams: Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Restoring Cream and La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream, simply because I love one more than the other, but I can’t afford the other one as much so I only use it every other night.  Just click on the links and check out the prices and you’ll know which one I’m talking about.

On the nights that I don’t use the peel, I make sure I use some kind of facial mask.  I spend at least 5 – 10 minutes each evening caring for my skin.  I think that makes all the difference in my appearance.  Here are all the products I have listed above and/or use:

I’ll talk more about how I stay fit and active on the next blog post.  I hope this answers most of your questions, and please keep them coming!  Thanks for reading!


Dress: For Love and Lemons / Shoes: Forever 21 (similar look) / Shades: mine (similar look) / Necklace: You.Nic

Photographed by Mire Yang

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